AMD overclocking record is marketing coup

AMD has gotten itself into the record books after overclocking a Bulldozer chip to make it the world’s fastest processor.

The marketing team at AMD will no doubt be rubbing their hands in glee after securing an entry into the Guinness Book of Records.The processor overclocked was the forthcoming eight core FX chip, and we are expecting shedloads of spin about this beastie around it’s release this Autumn.  The official title of “world’s fastest chip” will no doubt be used and abused in the coming months.

‘Team AMD FX’ got the chip to hit speeds of 8.429 GHz without bursting into flames or melting a hole through to China.  This beat the previous record of 8.308 GHz.

AMD used liquid helium to cool the chip to near absolute zero, a technique even the most avid overclockers may struggle to replicate in their own homes.

As a slight warning, spraying your processors with liquid helium at minus 180 degrees in order to reach similar speeds might just void your warranty.  It might also turn your cat into a statue and make your voice sound like Mickey Mouse.

Apparently the same team were able to hit speeds of around 5GHz using only a cheap water cooling system which cost only $100, a more realistic option for overclockers without access to liquid helium.